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A Tale of Hope and Healing: Rufaida and Muhammad's Journey with UFGD

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

In the vast tapestry of life, stories of resilience, compassion, and unwavering hope often shine the brightest. Meet Rufaida and Muhammad – two young souls who defied the odds with the help of the United Foundation for Global Development (UFGD). Their journey is a testament to the power of collective action and the profound impact that a community can make when united for a noble cause.

A Serendipitous Encounter:

In February 2023, as Raed and Ishmael, two directors of UFGD, visited a maternity ward expansion project in Ghana, fate wove the threads of their journey with that of Rufaida, a six-year-old girl, and her fourteen-year-old brother, Muhammad. Many miles away from the bustling construction site, Rufaida, Muhammad, and their father embarked on a journey of hope. Word of UFGD's transformative work had reached their ears, leading them to traverse the distance in search of a lifeline.

A Cry for Help:

Upon meeting the family, their father painted a heartbreaking reality – both Rufaida and Muhammad were born with heart conditions that cast a shadow over their daily lives. Urgently requiring life-changing surgeries, their prospects of leading normal lives hinged on these medical interventions. The siblings' condition was evident, especially in Rufaida's struggle, who would faint with the simplest exertions. Armed with medical documents and recommendations, the father articulated the children's needs, revealing that the surgeries necessitated resources and expertise that were beyond the scope of Ghana's medical capabilities.


A Call Answered:

UFGD, although specializing in projects like wells and orphanages, couldn't ignore the desperate plea. Determined to change lives, the organization embarked on a journey of discovery. Through meticulous research and unwavering dedication, UFGD brought the family's plea to its donors. The response was awe-inspiring – in a matter of months, over $50,000 was raised to fund the life-transforming surgeries. It was a heartwarming testament to the compassionate souls who recognized the value of lending a helping hand.



A Journey to Healing:

In July 2023, the power of collective goodwill manifested as Rufaida and Muhammad underwent their surgeries in Istanbul, Turkey. The surgeries were a success, instilling hope and healing into their young lives. Recovery paved the path for their eventual reunion with their mother in August, back in Ghana. Tears of joy and gratitude flowed freely, a testament to the profound impact of compassionate action.


A Heartfelt Thank You:

Rufaida and Muhammad's journey reflects the indomitable spirit of humanity. UFGD's relentless determination, combined with the generosity of donors, turned their tale from one of struggle to a beacon of hope. On behalf of Rufaida, Muhammad, and their families, UFGD extends heartfelt gratitude to every donor who believed in their cause. This narrative showcases the incredible capacity for positive change when hearts unite for a greater purpose. In the face of adversity, their story reminds us that every action, no matter how small, holds the potential to rewrite the destiny of individuals and communities alike.


A Powerful Reminder of Life's Sanctity:

Rufaida and Muhammad's remarkable journey serves as a poignant reminder of the sanctity of life. In the Quran, Allah emphasizes the immense value of preserving life with the powerful verse:

"Whoever saves one life, it is as if he has saved all of humanity" (Quran 5:32).

This divine wisdom encapsulates the significance of every life and our collective responsibility to protect it. The transformative impact of the surgeries performed for these young souls underscores the truth that saving even a single life is an act that ripples through the fabric of existence.


A Call to Action:

As we reflect on the miraculous journey of Rufaida and Muhammad, we invite you to be a part of this narrative of hope and healing. Your support can bring about tangible change and transform the trajectory of lives in need. By donating to UFGD, you're not only contributing to projects like water wells and orphanages but also to life-altering initiatives that bring light to the lives of individuals like Rufaida and Muhammad. Let us come together, drawing inspiration from their story, and collectively sow the seeds of positive change. Your contribution, regardless of its size, holds the power to rewrite destinies and save lives. Visit ufgd.org today and be a force of compassion, unity, and enduring impact.




Update: 9/9/2023

Video of Rufaida and Muhammad speaking about their school life after surgery and recovery.




Update: 9/21/2023

We traveled to Ghana to meet with Rufaida and Mohammad to check on their recovery. They were all smiles and the parents wanted to say thank you to all that donated toward helping their two children. Here is the YouTube video link:


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